Development Director

The DuPage Symphony is currently seeking a Development Director. 

The Development Director oversees everything related to fundraising, donor retention, and helps to grow Education & Outreach Initiatives:

  • Responsible for managing everything related to fundraising and donor retention (individual giving, corporate giving, foundation/grants, and special events).
  • Oversee special events committee.
  • Coordinate with Music Director and Strategic Planning Committee to increase education & outreach initiatives.
  • Create and oversee any budget lines (rev / exp) related to fundraising, special events, and outreach revenue.
  • Co-Chair Development & Fundraising Committee
  • Co-Chair Education & Outreach Committee
  • Non-voting member of the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee

Development & Donor Retention:

  • Develop and implement the fundraising strategy for the DSO including individual giving, corporate partnerships, foundation / grants, and special events.
    • Manage appeal strategies throughout the year; corporate appeal, year-end appeal, lapsed donor appeal, orchestra appeal, BoD giving, major giving, and others as needed.
    • Cultivate relationships with individuals and corporate partners to increase donor retention.
    • Develop and grow the Major Donor Program
    • Develop and grow Planned Giving Program
    • Ensure individuals and corporate partners receive all benefits that correspond to their giving level. Follow up with corporate sponsors to ensure we receive their image / logo by the appropriate deadline to be included in concert programs or special event materials. 
    • Oversee committee that organizes special events to attract new audiences to the DSO.
    • Coordinate attendance at area networking events to reach potential corporate partners.
    • Prepare grant applications and submit follow-up materials as required for grant compliance.
    • Research additional grant / foundation funding options. 
  • Set annual revenue and expense budget numbers for all fundraising and outreach revenue lines and monitor throughout the year.
  • Work with the Managing Director to develop strategies that convert subscribers and patrons to donors.

Education & Outreach Initiatives:

  • Work with the Music Director and Strategic Planning Committee to identify new Education & Outreach initiatives. Research corresponding grants or corporate sponsors to offset related expenses.
  • Complimentary Tickets– Identify schools to offer free tickets to season subscription concerts. Send ticket reservation information to Managing Director
  • Open Dress Rehearsals -Oversee promotional efforts with the Marketing Committee, confirm sponsor needs, coordinate Instrument Petting Zoo set-up and volunteer coverage.
  • Outreach Concerts (Tiny Great Performances & Library Concerts)- Oversee promotional efforts with the Marketing Committee, cover DSO table at event.
  • Young Artists Auditions- Oversee promotional efforts with the Marketing Committee. Managing Director processes/tracks all applications. 
  • Preludes & Interludes- Work with Music Director and Marketing Committee on promotion, ensure set-up information received and submitted to Managing Director  

Board of Directors:

  • Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings 
  • Provide monthly status reports on all projects

Attendance Outside Normal Business Hours:

  • Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings.
  • Cover DSO table (or arrange Board volunteer coverage) at Outreach events: Tiny Great Performances at DuPage Children’s Museum, Music at the 95thStreet Library, or other initiatives as scheduled.
  • Attend Open Dress Rehearsals or Season Concerts as needed if meeting with sponsors or major donors.
  • Various committee and donor meetings (if unable to schedule during the day)
  • Special Events / Fundraising Events

Position Requirements:

  • 3-5 years proven fundraising experience specifically in annual fund management and grant writing
  • Knowledge of education & outreach program evaluation and fundraising
  • Strong partnership-building and event planning skills
  • Experience using MS Office (WORD, EXCEL, and OUTLOOK) required.
  • Knowledge of Bloomerang donor management system preferred. 
  • Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills; ability to prioritize tasks and work independently
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Previous not-for-profit (NFP) experience required
  • Interest and knowledge of music and/or performing arts industry desirable 


The DSO offers a competitive hourly rate and anticipates a 20 hour per week time commitment. 

To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume to: and include Development Director Application in the subject lineinclude MD Application in the subject line.

or send via postal mail to:

Development Director Application
DuPage Symphony
P.O. Box 844
Naperville, IL 60566




CYSO Steel Orchestras Program, Teaching Assistant 

Duties and Responsibilities

This program teaches students in grades 1-12 the steelpan through weekly rehearsals that focus on technique, ensemble performance skills, beginning steel repertoire, and music theory. Led by Program Director Scott McConnell, the program offers a nurturing environment. The CYSO Steel Orchestra program is open to students across the greater Chicagoland area regardless of musical experience.

The Steel Orchestras Teaching Assistant will work directly with the Steel Orchestra director providing instruction in instrumental theory, technique, coaching in sectional rehearsals, as well as playing in the ensemble alongside the students. The assistant may also provide and teach arrangements throughout the season. Applicants must have an intimate knowledge in all steelpan instruments and an ability to work with students with varying musical abilities.

The Teaching Assistant is expected to be present at all rehearsals and performances throughout the season. CYSO Steel Orchestras rehearse on Saturdays from 9:00 am - 5:15 pm at the Fine Arts Building in Chicago. There is an average of 28 weeks in each season and one concert each semester from late-August through early-June.


Experience: Steelpan Performance experience required. Related teaching and coaching experiences required.

Education: Bachelor of Music degree required (concentration in Music Education or Music Performance Preferred).  Master of Music degree in Music Education or Music Performance preferred

Other: Must have ability to communicate easily and effectively with youth and families; excellent interpersonal skills; and ability to create a supportive learning environment

Start Date: January 5 or as soon as possible.

Compensation: Stipend.

Application Procedure: Please send a letter of intent and re?sume? with three references* via email to: Scott McConnell, Director of Steel Orchestras,
No phone calls please.

*References will be contacted only after an applicant has been invited to interview.

Selection Process: Applications will be paper-screened and those exhibiting superior qualifications will be invited to an in person or phone interview.

CYSO is an equal opportunity employer. 



Development Manager, Institutional Giving (Full Time) 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Development Manager, Institutional Giving, is responsible for establishing and maintaining CYSO relationships with foundations, corporations and government entities that support youth in arts and education. Specific duties and responsibilities are:


Experience: 5 years of development and fundraising experience with increasing responsibility is required, including a proven track record in the achievement of annual fundraising goals, experience working with boards, volunteers and managing fundraising events. Superior written, verbal, and presentation skills are essential. Computer proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications is a must.

Education: A BA/BS is required. Coursework in arts administration or arts education is a plus. Knowledge of music is helpful. An advanced degree is a plus, but not a requirement.

The ideal candidate for this position will pay close attention to detail, be organized, and deadline driven. He/she will be customer service oriented, and will possess superb people skills including the desire and ability to work well with diverse constituencies. The successful candidate will be able to manage numerous tasks and projects while maintaining a calm, positive attitude and a sense of humor.

Other: Ability and willingness to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends to attend meetings, concerts, and events beyond the framework of the normal working schedule.
Must be comfortable lifting up to 20 pounds.

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package including PTO,
Medical, Dental, and the opportunity to participate in a 403B and FSA plan.

Application Procedure

Please submit resume and cover letter via email to Susan Lape ( by February 28, 2018. No phone calls please.

Selection Process

Applications will be paper-screened and those exhibiting superior qualifications will be invited to an in person or phone interview.

CYSO is an equal opportunity employer. 

    • 2 years project management experience with strong administrative skills and attention to detail
    • Experience using MS Office (WORD, EXCEL and ACCESS) with demonstrated expertise in database entry and reporting
    • Knowledge of Constant Contact, Eventbrite, and Instant Encore is desirable, but not required.
    • Strong communications, organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to prioritize tasks and work independently
    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
    • Previous not-for-profit (NFP) experience preferred
    • Interest and knowledge of music and/or performing arts industry desirable
    • With the CYSO Executive Director, Board Development Committee, and Development Manager, Individual Giving, establish the CYSO development budget including expense and revenue
    • Work collaboratively with all staff, especially the Development Manager, Individual Giving, and meet regularly to set goals, prioritize activity, identify problems, and develop solutions
    • Assist in strategic planning with regard to development goals and strategies
    • Create language for CYSO’s Annual Report
    • Oversee the planning and implementation of the annual CYSO gala including coordination with vendors, venue, guest speakers, student performers, and volunteers
    • Research and develop new sources of Foundation, Corporate and Government funding for current and CYSO Programs
    • Ensure that corporate and foundation partners are properly recognized for their support, including web and annual report listings, social media promotion, and sponsorship benefits
    • Maintain a grant calendar and database to ensure timely, accurate tracking and reporting of all corporate, individual, government and foundation donor activity
    • Work in collaboration with operations and administrative staff regarding up to date statistics and information for case statements and proposals
    • Write and submit grant proposals, updates, and final reports to local, state, and national corporate, foundation, and government funders
    • Provide support for board activities, events, meetings
    • Maintain awareness of current trends in fundraising and philanthropy
    • Other duties and special projects as assigned